(First post in a series of five)
Worship is generally an act of devotion directed towards a deity. Worship is specifically prostration before God. In the context of our question: Is Mary queen of heaven, and worthy of worship, you need only to decide if scripture is sufficient for your guide.
You may wonder, and please do, why pray tell is there a dove at the outset of this topic. Do consider who the dove alit on. We need never fear truth, and we certainly do not want to diminish Mary’s favor, while at the same time, we should not want to be guilty of lavish or misdirected praise.
There are two schools which have done damage to her character: One which has ignored her rightful place in the plan of God, and the other which has elevated her to Godhood. I wish to do neither, but simply present her as God desires.)
Some dance around this seemingly fine-print, but if we are to get to the truth of the matter, here and now I ask you: Does she receive homage, is this homage justifiable, and if she were aware of this worship, what would she do with it?
Lest I be accused of blasphemy, let’s consider what has traditionally been laid at Mary’s feet.
Mary takes petitions to God.
Mary instructed the apostles.
Mary was sinless.
Mary was assumed into heaven.
Mary wears the twelve stars.
Mary is/was the mother of God.
If we are to gain insight and ‘instruction in righteousness’ as the good book suggests, then our appeal must be to this very book, and this source alone, for we are exhorted that in it, contains ALL that pertains to life and godliness. What else is there that is more noble?
Mary was no doubt the right woman for the time; her Jewish heritage and sound upbringing in the faith were certainly known to God, yet, she had her lot in life with all mankind as a child of Adam, in which the Lord as well as Paul said: ‘there are none good, no not any.’
This ‘goodness’ was not a moral good, for many are that, even an atheist can be good in this respect, but the word ‘good’ as used in doctrine, is whether or not a man or woman is sinless, and of course the answer is no, only God is good.
Jael in the book of Judges was a woman who drove a spike through the temple of a man killing him, and listen to the recording of her worth: ‘Blessed be Jael ABOVE ALL WOMEN.’ Fast forward to the prayer granted toward Mary: ‘Blessed art thou AMONG WOMEN, and blessed be the fruit of thy womb Jesus.’
Please address the honesty of your heart if you have never heard this, and consider the ramifications. A woman killed a man, and was given the highest of accolades by God; another woman utters the Magnificat, and we are simply told she is blessed among women, and this was an opinion confirmed by the high church.
I would not disagree that Mary was blessed among women, and I would also not disagree that ‘all generations would call her blessed.’ Yet, being a blessed person, and a person worthy of homage are two separate things.
Mary sang praise and said: ‘thy handmaiden awaits thy instructions,’ (I use liberty here) and she also said, and note carefully: ‘My soul doth rejoice in God my Saviour.’ The angel told Mary that her son would be great, and that the Lord God would give unto him the throne of his father David.’
Great? Indeed. Still today this greatness is hidden. David’s throne? Currently unoccupied, but it will be, and Mary’s promise will be fulfilled. She awaits the culmination of God’s will as do all believers. She cannot add nor take away God’s timetable.
Did you notice what many do not, that she admitted her need for a Saviour. Sounds like a wise and spiritual woman.